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Nitish left in embarrassing situation as BJP hails SC verdict banning #TripleTalaq

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PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has been left in an awkward situation after his new ally, the BJP, hailed the Supreme Court’s verdict banning the controversial Islamic practice of Triple Talaq saying it is “illegal and unconstitutional”.

As such, the JD-U which is led by Nitish Kumar has opposed any bid by the Narendra Modi government to meddle in the Islamic practice.

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Nistish Kumar himself has publicly opposed such move in the past and asked the Centre to leave the issue of triple talaq to Muslims to decide.

“Who is Centre to decide the issue of triple talaq. Centre should leave it to the Muslims,” Kumar had said, addressing the national council meeting of JD-U held at Rajgir in October last year.

His remarks had invited strong protests by BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi who was in the opposition then.

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“Nitish’s comments are regressive and anti-Muslim women. Nitish should realise that the Centre has not approached the Supreme court over the issue but Muslim women. Centre is only giving its opinion as asked by SC,” was how Modi had reacted then, asking him to explain his stand on triple talaq.

All along, the Narendra Modi government has said the practice of triple talaq by Muslims has no place in a secular country and strongly opposed its continuance in its affidavit filed in the Supreme Court last year, evoking string protests from various Muslim bodies.

Despite protests, the government refused to change its position on the issue, citing the issue of gender equality and dignity of women in India.

“This is a well thought-out and considered view of the government in pursuit of gender equality and dignity of women,” Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was quoted as saying in a national daily.

He said the practice of ‘triple talaq’ can’t be justified under the constitutional provisions saying gender justice, non-discrimination and dignity of woman are fundamentals of Constitutional values.

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